FOR SALE: replica wooden sailing boat, one fairly careful owner, 15,000 miles on the clock, only rolled once, £80,000 with a free sailing lesson.
Named Spirit of Mystery, the small vessel is a veteran sailor having made it to Australia in March 2009.
Perhaps she is better know through her owner Torpoint sailor and adventurer Pete Goss.
He has put Spirit of Mystery up for sale as he plans a new adventure and no longer needs the boat – he has even offered the new owner a free sailing lesson.
The little wooden boat took Pete and three family members to Australia in a recreation of the voyage made by seven Cornishmen in the smallest migrant vessel ever to make it Down Under more than a century and a half ago.
Pete said he will be sad to see her go, but feels the time is right.
He added: “I always thought that Spirit would be the boat I grew old with when I gave up major adventures. But with a new adventure in the pipeline and no time to use her, it is time for her to go to a new home.
“Hopefully it will be to an owner that loves and cherishes her as I have done and if it is also one that keeps the story alive then so much the better.”
The 37ft long Mount’s Bay lugger weighs 16 tonnes and has history literally built into her. A piece of oak from Nelson’s Victory was sourced to make up the chart table, teak from the Cutty Sark forms part of the saloon table and an original rivet from the SS Great Britain is a cupboard handle. With four main berths, a pilot berth, toilet, gas cooker and wood-burning stove, Spirit of Mystery makes a “supremely comfortable” cruiser.
More importantly she can handle very heavy weather – she has watertight bulkheads and survived a knock-down by a massive wave in the Southern Ocean.
Anyone interested in buying her should make contact through www. petegoss.com/mystery.
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